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Local restaurants to benefit from primary debate


As national media rolls into North Charleston and the country begins to focus on the second round of Republican primary debates in South Carolina, local restaurant owners are hoping this political excitement will turn into big business.

"We're always prepared for whatever will happen," said Harvey Nathan owner of Hello Deli in North Charleston.

Nathan said he doesn't know how many people will come through the doors in the days leading up to the primary debates but whatever food desires people have he's ready to feed them.

"We have a enough product on hand that if someone were to come in and says 'We've got 80 people coming for lunch in an hour' we'll be able to handle them," said Nathan.

Some restaurants across the street from the convention center already know what to expect when large scale events take place across the street.

"We have had an influx especially last week when we had a convention come in for four days and we were just slammed," said Stephanie O'Rourke manager of Big Billy's Burger Joint.

O'Rourke said it never feels like an ambush of customers because the convention center keeps them in the loop. 

"We get information from across the street, they email us just keeping up with current events," said O'Rourke.   

She said her restaurant just opened a few months ago but extra staffing is helping major service hours to move quickly.

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